Yabba Falls: Plunge, Rapids, Chute and Cascades

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With a discharge (Q) of 290ML during the day of this photo, and more than 400ML the previous day, Yabba Falls is quite a spectacle. Due to difficult access, these falls are not much known. This is one of the first published modern photographs of Yabba Falls. I am aware of three historical photos taken in c.1900, 1913 and 1963. The total fall of c500ft/150M includes a series of drops beginning with the vertical plunge into the plunge pool, rapids, chute (2nd falls) and bottom cascades. Yabba Creek rises on the Conondale/Jimna Ranges and descends through forested areas flowing NNW towards the South Burnett catchment at first. After flowing past the forestry township of Jimna it begins to meander through a granite area that has been cleared for cattle grazing. At Yabba Station, this upper section of Yabba Creek then turns at right angles into hard metamorphic rocks and drops over Yabba Falls and heads towards the Mary River. Yabba Falls therefore represents the point at which the Yabba's headwaters were captured from the Burnett Catchment. Such stream captures are significant in the zoological history of the Mary River ecosystem, for the Yabba/Mary is home to the (now endangered) Mary River Cod, a species very closely related to the cod of the inland rivers of the Murray-Darling catchment.

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Comments (7)

hlegallais on March 3, 2012

Wonderfull view, like, amitiés, Hervé

ebi lutze on March 4, 2012

Hi Ian from the Group ( Unique Australia ) great birds eye view and photo *L Regards Ebi

Ian Stehbens on March 4, 2012

Greetings Hervé. Welcome to my gallery and especially to this photo, for these falls are a very special place for me. This is 'my" wilderness that I love very much.


Ian Stehbens on March 4, 2012

The total drop of these falls in c. 500ft according to Google Earth, so they are quite high, and the discharge of the river is permanent and sometimes quite high.

This is a special area of wilderness from my point of view, Ebi and I am very pleased to have it included in the Unique Australia group gallery.

Warm regards from south Queensland.


Ian Stehbens on March 23, 2012

Through my posting this photo of Yabba Falls, I have at last been shown two historical photos of the Yabba Falls. Both are historical images in sepia.

One is of the plunge section taken c.1900 and looking up from the beside the plunge pool. A copy of it is held by the State Library of Victoria.

The second image views the entire falls just like this (showing top plunge section, the plunge pool, the rapids, chute and bottom cascades) from a high vantage point east of the falls. It was photographed by the owners of Yabba Station in 1913, and is held by the descendant family. The caption on that photo identifies the deep tributary gorge (in the foreground left) as Black Gully.


Ian Stehbens on April 12, 2012

An interesting article in regard to these falls:


From Brisbane Courier Mail, January 20, 1936. Page 23.

The Queensland National Pastoral Co., Ltd., has secured a 20 years' special lease of the 250-acre scenic reserve and former camping reserve at Yabba Falls for a rental of £3 a year. The company which was the only applicant for the area, has agreed to keep the area clear of noxious weeds, and the Lands Administration Board has power to cancel the lease on six months' notice, with suitable compensation for any improvements that may have been effected. The re serve is situated on the boundaries of the Kilcoy and Widgee Shires, and provides magnificent scenery little known to tourists.

Q.N.P. Co. Ltd. owned Yabba Station for many years.

LDRcycles on March 28, 2014

I came across your photos while searching Google Maps for roads in and around the Conondale National Par to explore. While i have done some travelling in the Mary Valley (i have spent all my life in Kin Kin) your photos have shown me so many beautiful spots i never knew of, especially these falls! Would you be able to advise on the best way to approach the falls on foot?

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